Thursday, August 19, 2010

Name Change for XMRV in the works

  I just received the following message from Dr. Joe Burrascano.
I checked

  with him, and he responded that this information can be made public.  I don't have any additional information about this, so won't be able to answer questions, but it sounds like a major development, and I think people  here will want to know about it.

Best regards,

Rich Van Konynenburg, Ph.D.


Hello all from Dr. B.
I just returned from the first official scientific symposium of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute on the topic of XMRV.  We formed a working group to be in constant touch and we plan to meet regularly because advances are coming so rapidly.  Big news that everyone should know and adopt is that we have proposed a name change for the virus.

This virus is a human, not mouse virus, and it is the first and so far only gamma-retrovirus known to infect people. Also, it is clearly not an "endogenous" retrovirus (one that is present in all genomes due to ancient infection).

Because of all of this, and because of the desire to begin on the right track, the new name of the virus is HGRV- Human Gamma Retro Virus. The illness caused by this infection is named HGRAD- Human Gamma Retrovirus Associated Disease.

We plan to announce this at the upcoming NIH retroviral conference this September.

Definitely stay tuned- the volume of new and important information about this virus and its disease associations is increasing rapidly and in my opinion should be a concern to every patient with chronic neuro-immune diseases, including those with chronic Lyme.

Joseph J. Burrascano Jr. M.D.
Water Mill, NY, USA

1 comment:

CFS Facts said...

WPI stresses that this is not a "done deal" and should not be reported as the Official New Name.

Until approved by The Powers That Be, it is merely a suggestion. Nonetheless, a suggestion that is acceptable to the researchers who are working on it, and likely to become their preferred nomenclature even if they're told that officially it's still CFS....